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American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore

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4.5/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web
Dedicated to the unusual creations of the "outsider art" movement, American Visionary Art Museum features more than 4,000 works off-the-wall, unorthodox pieces. Known also as "raw art" or "self-taught art," visionary works displayed in the museum focus primarily on self-discovery, individuality, timelessness, and exploration of the mind. You'll find that the museum generally has no permanent curators, as its community-based approach means that most are brought in as guests. Regardless of your artistic leanings, you can view the pieces and learn about the "visionaries" creating them. Check the museum's website for information regarding special tours, art talks, and traveling exhibits. American Visionary Art Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Baltimore Edition.
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  • We visited the museum with our 2 year old and really enjoyed it! There were a lot of interactive exhibits that our 2 year old loved (Fart Machine!!). It was a really great visual and interactive exper...  read more »
  • I can't say enough positive things about AVAM! I always have so much fun visiting here. I learn so much about art and those everyday artists that create it. Don't miss the store as there are so many g...  read more »
  • From the exterior with mirrored murals to the cobalt blue-bottle covered station wagon-- Art Car, this place was surprisingly fun. The collection of Pez dispensers was pretty impressive too. 
  • I love this museum and return to it again and again --- almost always with a grandchild 10 or younger. If ever there was a place to feast your eyes on the fantastic and wonderful, this is it. Beautiful, expressive art, much of it unfiltered by any intellectual "meaning," allowing the artist to express him or herself directly through the materials at hand. And what amazing material they are! Definitely worth a detour. Not to be missed.
  • An impressively large but still quirky establishment in Baltimore. It's a must-see if you like folk art, but even if you don't really like it that much, it's still worth a visit at least once. If you HATE folk art, this is not the place for you. If you go, don't miss the annex outside the main museum. It has a really cool collection of mechanical automatons and a gigantic, rotating Divine. The upstairs of the museum has a cafe which looked nice but I didn't go in. The gift shop is one of the more entertaining gift shops I've ever been in. It has an X-rated section, so keep an eye on your kids.
  • Truly an adventurous journey into an unexpected universe. Some of the works are astounding, others perhaps kitschy, but all are interesting and immerse the senses. An art museum for people who would like to rediscover the truly extraordinary boundaries of artistic expression. Also notable are the detailed and well-written backgrounders on each artist's life, including struggles and triumphs in the human journey of self-discovery. A must-see.
  • One of the best museums I've been to in Baltimore. Quirky and local with new and exciting exhibits. Great location and great fun with a group, couple, or solo. Visit the gift shop and check out the Flix on the Hill program (free outdoor screenings of movies in the summer)!
  • Best museum in Maryland. Interactive art exhibits, stories that move you. Art that captures the imagination far beyond what a typical museum would ever offer. If you're local or just visiting make it a point to spend 3-4 hours here.
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